The NBA season hasn’t even started yet but the Cleveland Cavaliers are already suffering injury issues.
It was recently announced that All-Star center Jarrett Allen could miss the start of the regular season because of a bone bruise in his left ankle.
He is set to miss at least two weeks.
Speaking on The Hoop Collective, NBA reporter Tim Bontemps said this might not be the worst thing in the world for the Cavs.
Noting that “there’s a lot of pressure on Cleveland this year”, Bontemps claimed that the temporary loss of Allen could help fellow big man Evan Mobley.
Without Allen, the team could rely on Mobley more which will give him experience, time with the ball, and a chance to improve his game in the early weeks of the season.
With an average of 16.2 points and 9 rebounds a game last season, it’s obvious that Mobley is a strong player.
But he definitely has room for improvement.
That was made very clear in the previous postseason, when Mobley looked “lost” according to Bontemps.
The Cavaliers are obviously disappointed to lose Allen, who is their definitive big man and an important part of the team’s offense and defense.
However, this does give Mobley a chance to enhance his skills and become more comfortable.
The good news for the Cavaliers is that this injury is coming at the beginning of the season.
If they were losing Allen right before the playoffs, it would be a whole different story.
But this could ultimately help one of their star players step up and improve, which would definitely help them in the long run.